Department of History – News

  • April 1, 2019

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    RIT’s College of Liberal Arts honors students for writing excellence

    RIT’s College of Liberal Arts honored student achievement in writing on Friday with the presentation of more than a dozen writing awards for essays varying from sanctuary cities, how democracies can withstand outside meddling, and the excavation, preservation and reconstruction of a London theater where Shakespearian plays debuted.

  • March 29, 2019

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    RIT’s Michael Brown has a passion for his students, and teaching history

    Michael Brown, an assistant professor in Rochester Institute of Technology’s Department of History, is the 2018-19 recipient of the Richard and Virginia Eisenhart Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, recognizing exceptional performance in the classroom and a commitment to student learning. He will be recognized with a dinner on April 16 and participate as a member of the platform party for the university’s academic convocation on May 10.

  • October 23, 2018

    The cover of Carroll, Kray and Mandell's new book, featuring bright red text for the title and two small portraits of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

    Faculty members’ new book looks at 2016 presidential election

    Nasty Women and Bad Hombres: Gender and Race in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election, edited by three RIT faculty members in RIT’s College of Liberal Arts, looks at how Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and American voters invoked ideas of gender, race and history in that election.
  • October 3, 2018

    The cover art for Newman's book "Abolitionism: A very short introduction."

    Professor tells abolitionist story in ‘Very Short’ book

    From the Underground Railroad to legislative lobbying, a new book, written by RIT Professor Richard Newman, Abolitionism: A Very Short Introduction, talks about the importance of anti-slavery struggles in the United States during the 18th and 19th centuries.
  • August 14, 2018

    A google maps image of Rochester with a purple flag marking the location of the Douglass property purchase in April 1863.

    RIT team identifies Frederick Douglass land deed

    A research team from RIT has identified a land deed dating from the Civil War that shows abolitionist Frederick Douglass purchased property in what is now downtown Rochester. The deed is a revelation to scholars seeking to understand Douglass’s role as a businessman and landholder in Rochester.
  • April 3, 2018

    A portrait of Michael Laver.

    Michael Laver receives ACE Fellowship

    Michael Laver, chair of the Department of History at RIT, has been named an ACE Fellow for the 2018-19 academic year by the American Council on Education. The program identifies and prepares faculty and staff for senior positions in college and university administration.